Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge
Genomics has played an important role in the battle against COVID-19. Scientists around the world have brought forward a herculean effort to manage the outbreak and bring an end to the pandemic. Early sequencing of the virus and data sharing has led to improved surveillance, tracking transmission of the virus and its variants, in real-time. New vaccines employ an mRNA sequence, a technology years in the making. The past year has also given rise to many challenges including an increasing amount of misinformation and mistrust in science.
This year, Genome BC’s Annual Genomics Forum will be held May 4 – 6, a three day program bringing together engaging speakers with unique experiences and backgrounds to discuss these challenges and the lessons learned. Speakers include Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Dr. Penny Ballem and Dr. Stacey Gabriel.
Traditionally, the Genomics Forum brings together leaders from the life sciences community, business, industry, and policy makers. This year’s virtual event is also open to the science engaged public as well as teachers and students.